Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to join my dear friend at Elizabeth Gilbert‘s book signing in Mesa. Changing Hands bookstore hosted the event. I am thankful that there is a great independent bookstore in Tempe and Phoenix as I miss Books Inc. and The Reading Bug.
While I devoured Eat Pray Love, I have not read a single one of her other books.
When I am active on Facebook, I follow Ms. Gilbert or “Liz” as she said in her talk. Her candor and positive messages on her Facebook page are inspiring, but they do not nearly do the justice of hearing her speak in person. I felt like I should be tape recording her presentation to listen to over and over and over again.
I took some notes, but honestly I wanted to be present listening to what she said.
She shared that The Signature of All Things is the most celebratory and delightful book that she has written. What a joyous way to complete a project!
During the Q&A portion of the talk, someone asked, “what do you wear?” Liz shared that she does not wear pajamas as she feels like you need to show up ready with respect to the work or as she said “at least put on a bra.” She shared that it is important to treat the process with respect and regard.
I resonated most when she talked about fear and creativity being conjoined twins. To hear a world-renowned author talk about her own fears and how she learned to accept them as part of the creative process, but not let them dominate, WOW!
She also shared that it is impossible to be passionate every day rather we should follow our curiosity every day. Curiosity is so much easier to approach than passion. How much more simple would it be to live a curious life?
A little girl interested in writing asked “what should I do with the ideas that I don’t like?” Liz said to put them in a box of ideas, because sometimes ideas that you don’t like grow into something that you will like.
My favorite sound bites from Liz: “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly. Practice self-forgiveness. Begin again and again. Unless you aren’t paying attention, you generally are getting wiser as you get older. Be a maker.”
So today, go out and try something new, maybe make something new. How will you be curious today?
I am glad I was curious enough to go to the event on Monday, she even signed my two books.
With a smile. 🙂